In vitro fertilization-IVF
In Vitro Vertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproduction technique used to treat infertility or genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child.
IVF follows a series of steps, starting with fertility drugs to help the woman produce as many eggs as possible. During IVF, an egg is retrieved from the woman’s ovaries and fertilized with sperm in a laboratory culture dish. Fertilization takes place in this dish “in vitro”, which means “in glass”. Then the fertilized egg (embryo) or eggs are implanted in the woman’s uterus.
IVF procedure can be carried out using woman’s own eggs and her partner's sperm. Or IVF may involve eggs, sperm or embryos from donors.
The fertility specialist can help you understand how IVF works, the potential risks and whether this method of treating infertility is right for you.